If you think having a stylus would be of any benefit (for handwriting practice or drawing), then you should consider the Galaxy Note 8. It costs a little more than the Nexus 7, but it has a pressure sensitive stylus which makes drawing more practical. If you can wait a little longer, the Nvidia Tegra Note will offer stylus support at a lower price than the Note. It won't handle pressure sensitivity as well as the Note, but will do it to a limited degree and will be a lot better than using a standard stylus with a standard tablet. Several brands should be releasing versions of the Nvidia tablet in the next two or three months.
As a college student, I have owned a Nexus 7 for academical purposes for the last semester and I can say I wasn't very satisfied. I had a tactile pen to use with it to take note on my pdf's but it was just never precise enough. I found myself using my laptop more often to take my notes instead of the tablet I bought for this. Recently I made the jump to a galaxy note 8 with the include stylus. I have found this tablet to be the best I have owned yet. It does every thing I need it to do and it does it fast and well. Yes it's a bit pricy but in my opinion it's a much better value for education than a nexus 7 or and iPad. The precision of the stylus make ALL the difference. Because taking notes is the number one priority for students and the note 8 excels in that field. Also the battery life is great ! Screen is gorgeous and it's blazing fast. Pair that to an android open platform that let's you do more then on an iPad and you have a winning combo right there. I have found a few app that make it even better such as : Iannotate, dropbox (of course), sketchbook and lectureNotes. There are not a lot of good alternatives out there right now aiming to please students needs but there is one other that I can think of and it's the Suface pro 2, but if you go that way I'd suggest that you sell you laptop as you will not need it anymore.
Bottom line. I would recommend the Galaxy note series 8 or 10 inches or the Surface pro 2 with it's awsome pen as well
Personally for education, i would go for Asus T100TA with 64GB. reason being, 10", cheap, comes with Microsoft office, windows 8 (not RT), and comes with keyboard. Some people said the build quality is bad but I have no issue with it. if you strictly want android, nexus 7.
Any tablet you like with later than 4.0 operating system, at least dual-core. I would suggest a microSD slot. I have a Nexus 7-12. It failed after 14 months. I don't know about the reliability of any of this stuff.
I am considering the Tegra 4 Note 7. There are versions from different companies. HP has one called the Note 7 Extreme. I don't care about the higher resolution of the Google Nexus 7-13. I gotta have a microSD slot this time.
That's a tough decision. The iPad has traditionally been hands down the best educational tablet (despite being higher priced) and a number of school districts have discovered this after wasting tons of money on buying other cheaper / inferior tablets first.
However, if you're keen on avoiding Apple, the Nexus 7 probably gives you more flexibility in what you can run and install -- plus you know you're guaranteed to get Android updates in a quicker fashion. (Also you can easily side load Amazon content onto the device if you'd like).
The iPad I work in education.
We design and write text books.
Also create and write and code and design k-12
Interactive multimedia apps and programs.
I only seen development work on a iPad.
Never for android.
I am considering to buy a tablet for my college work. I currently own a 13" laptop but i don't find it very useful when it comes to reading and "marking" pdfs. I was considering nexus 7, but after trying the iPad i found out that the screen size really matters when reading. I own a kindle but it really doesn't handle pdfs well. I also prefer the aspect ratio of iPad (4:3) over nexus (16:9?) and other android tablets. It's gonna be a tough decision.
the screen resolution is more than enough as you won't really see any individual pixels even if you look closely. And as for the samsung interface I know touchWiz can be weird sometimes, but just don't use it, get a custom launcher like nova launcher, don't use any of the samsung apps (exepct sNotes which is not to bad) and voilà ! no more "Samsung interface''